在波特蘭這座與自然緊密連結的城市，四位女性藝術家Anne G. Greenwood、Diane Jacobs、Rachel Siegel與王淑如以「紅杉森林」為靈感創作的《不斷裂的生命之樹》，結合攝影、繪畫、裝置等多媒材的呈現手法，以象徵「文明」的紙與骨架雕塑出一棵棵紙樹，蔓延成一片紙樹森林的「自然」形象。「紙」不再只是文字的載體，更輪迴為紙樹森林，以另一種方式再生詮釋自然，藉此探討自然與人類文明的緊密關係。
For a long time, Suho has persisted in utilizing “paper” as the medium for developing contemporary art. Owing to the intimate connection between paper and nature, various depictions and reflections of art in “nature” have become the inspiration for Suho’s “nature” themed exhibition trilogy this year. This ultimately part three “Unbroken Arbor Vitae,” we invite you to start contemplating the interdependent relationship between nature and civilization.
Forests and humans are intimately linked, both in the air we breathe, and in the very creation of civilization -- from trees, we produce paper; through paper, we transmit culture.
We are interdependent through gas exchange and as part of the same community of living organisms.
Unbroken Arbor Vitae (“Unbroken Tree of Life”) is a site-specific installation of white
paper trees that references the beauty of renewal in our cultural and natural world. White is the manifestation of all colors, the complete energy of light; it represents wholeness and completeness. It will be created for Suho Paper Memorial Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, by Anne G. Greenwood, Diane Jacobs, Rachel Siegel and Shu-Ju Wang, four artists based in Portland, Oregon.
Portland is a medium sized city in the Pacific Northwest, famous for our forests and notably the Douglas fir tree. We will use the native forest trees and their habitat of this region as a guide to create and construct an installation. As you walk through the Museum’s exhibition space, the viewer will experience a series of photographs, a video with soundscape, and a sculptural forest. We will engage and collaborate with youth communities here in Portland and in Taipei. Participants will reveal their personal relationship to nature as a means to inventory our communal environmental circumstance.
Now, let us wait with bated breath and listen to the crying insects and chirping birds in the paper forest habitat. Let us enter the pure white and peaceful paper forest. From the perspective of the visible spectrum, the white color may seem “blank,” but it is actually produced by the combination of all of the colors of the visible spectrum. This is just like the towering redwoods; although they may seem silent and still, they nonetheless nurture countless lives, the air we breathe and our civilization.
Don’t forget that “nature is the world”, once nature is lost, all life and civilization as we know will come to an end; all of the progress we have made is taking us ever closer to destruction. If we cannot coexist in harmony with nature, humans will forever remain a dark comedy and a short, long-forgotten interlude in the history of life.